The 13 Worst Drinks at Starbucks
You can eat right, exercise, drink water, and sleep eight hours a night. But even if you're loyally following every one of our best weight loss tips, you might be ruining your diet before you even start your day: on your morning coffee run.
With a storefront in nearly every city, Starbucks serves up coffee drinks to millions worldwide, resulting in billions of profits. Although coffee alone is one of the healthiest beverages on the planet, countless Starbucks menu items exceed well beyond the recommended daily intake of added sugars per day. Sipping on these diet saboteurs on the reg could be the trigger that promotes weight gain, reduces motivation, and screws your mood.
Curious as to how bad the Bux's buzz-laden drinks could really be? You may be surprised which of your favorites made it onto our list. When it came to ranking the Starbucks drinks, we looked for items low in sugar, low in saturated fats, and not too high in calories. Drinks were deducted points when too much sugar was found in any form, whether the flavoring came from natural or artificial flavorings. Our jaws dropped when we saw the alarming amounts of sugar pumped into these averagely sized drinks.
Here are the worst Starbucks drinks, ranked from bad to absolute worst. Avoid them, and instead, be sure you load up on The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.
Tea can be great for you, especially chai, which is known to fight inflammation, stress, and weight gain. But when it's following after milk and sugar, the herbal leaves become one of the less prominent ingredients, and the benefits disintegrate. This drink has the sugar equivalent of 42 Twizzlers cherry bites!
To ease your sweet tooth, go for a treat that's worth it rather than one that has as much sugar as nearly 11 donut holes! Perhaps try an 80-calorie Chocolate Fudge Yasso Pop. Made with Greek yogurt, nearly a third of the sugar of this drink, and nice to your digestive tract, this guilt-free pop won't even feel like a splurge.
Chai Crème Frappuccino Blended Crème
Sugar, spice, and everything not so nice. By drinking this drink, you're maxing out your days recommended daily intake of added sugars, and that's if you're eating 2,000 calories a day. Trying to cut back? This drink puts you in major diet debt.
White Chocolate Mocha
When you see "white chocolate," think white refined flour: over-processed and missing all nutritional value. We've said it before, but we'll say it again: White chocolate is a simple no-go.
Strawberry Crème Frappuccino
If you're really going for some strawberry sweetness, go for strawberry Jell-O, or Gushers, or even a Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Bar. All will give you fewer calories, less sugar, and just as much of a rewarding taste. But if you're really trying to drop a few pounds, there are plenty of weight-loss friendly desserts worth every bite.
S'mores Crème Frappuccino
Summertime calls for s'mores. And some more, and probably another. Instead of slurping them, you might as well eat them. You'll eat less, and you won't get that dreaded brain freeze.
Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino
Sipping on this drink will put the same amount of sugar in your body as if you ate a whopping 41 Nilla wafers. No, thank you!
Loaded with sugar, fat, and calories, this beverage puts you in the same sugar deficit as eating nine Double Stuffed Oreos.
White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino
Not only is this mixed with our enemy, white chocolate, but we also can't forget to mention that this frap contains more than 400 calories. There are many times we choose foods, or drinks, with way more calories than you think.
Matcha Green Tea Crème Frappuccino
When consumed in its natural state, green tea happens to be one of our favorite ingredients. But after it's mixed with cream, sugar, and everything else artificial, the benefits have completely plummeted.
Java Chip Frappuccino
Drowning yourself in such a sugary drink is completely unnecessary when you can get the same coffee perks from the coffee itself. Cool down with a nonfat sweetened iced coffee instead. Sure, the alternative isn't as exciting as this frap, but by just adding two pumps of flavor (you can even get mocha) you're majorly reducing calories and sugar and still getting an awesome sip.
Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino Blended Coffee
If you're a fan of cookies and coffee (who isn't?!), then there's a good chance you would be a fan of this blended drink. But before you sip away, you'll want to take note of the fact that this frap is nearly 500 calories, and is high in fat. Oh, and it has much sugar as you would get from five and a half Original Glazed Krispy Kreme Donuts. Big yikes.
Caffè Vanilla Frappuccino Blended Coffee
You could eat 14 Oreo cookies and still consume less sugar than you would get do with this treat. Starbucks says this "tastes like happiness;" we think it looks like a bellyache.